This is not a problem for most tourist or travelers, however for me it is a problem, I do not have any plans, therefore I can stay or leave whenever I wish.
I am leaving on Tuesday for Lima by airplane, and then I am hoping to hop to Quito, Ecuador very rapidly, I think, however plans always change and I really do not like to say what I am doing, because then I change my mind.
Therefore, when to leave, I know when I am leaving, however the reasons I am leaving are not so clear. I can not find anything interesting to take photos of here anymore, and I am bored. I am having trouble finding things to do, so I need to find a new location with more temptations.
The mananas are killing me here, and I can too frustrated to listen anymore to the stories, they are doing the normal cultural behavior and I it is not fair to ask them to be different. I am the one that must accept them. I cannot change other people and especially other cultures.
HANGING AROUND I was in the same Hostal maybe four years ago more or less and there were people “Hanging Around.” There were people available to talk and have discussions with, they were looking for conversations. Now I talk to anybody and everybody all the time, I am an equal opportunity converser. I am a blabbermouth in all manners.
However, I am in serious problems the last couple of years, as I have nobody to annoy.
I went into the Internet Café last night and it was full, I suspect that maybe 80 percent of the people inside the Café were chatting with either Yahoo Messenger or Hotmail whatever.
CHATTING Internet chatting and cell phones may be destroying the one of the major reasons to travel. There are zillions of reasons to travel, however one of the best it to meet all the various people from all the countries of the world in the hostels or hotels. In the past, they were in need of conversation and friendship because they were away from their friends and family. Now with the invent of chat and the more universal cell phones people do not need to talk with anyone and they spend their whole time talking with home. Therefore, they bring their friend and family with them. They have the intimate conversations they need by chatting or by actually talking on the telephone.
CONVERSATIONS I need people; I need to have conversations and to feel that I am not alone. I do not like to feel lonely. There are less and less what they call “Independent Travelers.”
I think this is the term, I am starting to look now for the person that is traveling alone, it is becoming unusual, as everyone in Europe travels and they bring people to travel with, I am trying to think. I have not seen one person here in the last two weeks that was alone. There were only couple or pairs of people; they even share the same room in a country where you can have your own private room for 3 dollars a night.
THE END OF THE INDEPENDENT TRAVELER Monday, May 2, 2005 5:26 AM in Cuzco, Peru, I am declaring the “Independent Traveler” is becoming an extinct animal.
Can travel change while I am not looking? Is it necessary I find a girlfriend to travel with me?
I have noticed the guidebooks are becoming only for couples and not for me, as they recommend the restaurants, the couples type activities and the hotels for tourist. The idea of traveling on a “Shoestring” is not a focus and more on creature comforts, tourist stuff.
I am all in favor or tourist, contrary to what it may appears, however I do not want to be a tourist or hang around with tourist, however for sure people should visit the world in total comfort, why not, comfort it good.
I need to work this out in my mind so I can find a solution to the problem of the disappearing independent traveler. I have less and less people to share the trip with. The last places I remember many independent travelers was in Mongolia and in Iraq.
Both places are very low on the list of places to visit, so it becomes very difficult to talk anyone into entering with you, so you must go alone. This may be the solution; I need to go where nobody will go because they are afraid. People that are not afraid to be alone, will go to the off the track places.
Duh? So here, I am in Cuzco, Peru, the center of Tourism for South American and I am wondering where are all the Independent Travelers? I guess I figured out my problem…. Hehehe
I am not in a place where people are afraid to come; I am in the place where everybody comes, time to get out of Dodge City.
Maybe I should stop trying to make this gear for a while and focus on traveling around more, which would be fun, maybe; however, I am trying to remodel my house. I live inside a backpack, and sometime you need to remodel.
So I suppose I am searching for the door, to find the place to enter.
My friend Richard Roe the person doing the Oprah thing with the Senior Bachelor is maybe doing a very complicated way of finding a wife or girlfriend or maybe travel money. Whatever works I suppose is good; however, it does seem out in the open and unusual. I applaud his audacity and innovation, this in very creative. I like creative and innovative people, they change the world. http://www.seniorbachelor.com
Maybe I should advertise for a travel companion…
What would I say?
Wanted girl to travel with me, send photo, between the ages of 25 and 35 with a good passport, will try to accommodate the Israeli passport and encourage Israeli girls.
Prefer these passports. Israel, Netherlands, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium.
I will try to avoid, however will consider, USA, and possibly Australia, New Zealand.
England and Canadians are on hold. (All of Great Britain.) Switzerland.
If from Asia, India, Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico, Eastern Europe you must be extremely rich, and able to buy your VISA way around the planet.
I will pay for everything, however must be able to take photos, make web pages and write. Voted for George Bush.
Not afraid of anything! Able to overhaul the motor or a Volkswagen van. Hates to shop.
TRAVEL GOALS I am having fun today writing, trying to clear up some very old cobwebs in my brain, my website and some sideline goals have been clouding my vision, I need to get some focus, I am off the path.
The first goal of being a Hobo is to find a job; a Hobo travels from place to place looking for work, not great work, just a job to maintain a low level of existence. A tramp travels however will not work, a bum neither travels nor works, probably a more of a beggar.
The Hobo normally left home to try to find a job where there were jobs, most Hoboes existed in times of very bad economy, the depression or in in times of need. A Hobo did not normally say, in my opinion and only my opinion, “I want to be a Hobo.”
Nobody want to be homeless and with no way to pay for themselves. I am not saying that people want to work, I do not think people want to work, however I do believe people want money, they would like money with no work. I would suppose a Hobo would work only when they have too, however the lines probably are blurry between hoboes, bums, and tramps.
Train Hoppers are normally almost synonymous with Hoboes, however not completely; it is an interesting person, the Hoboes.
Well, goal number one of my travel is to find a job, I must thank all the good Gods that I believe I have found my travel money thanks to, best to read this so I do not compromise myself and cause myself headaches. http://www.hobotraveler.com/faqs
Second goal is to travel, while that was always accomplished, it was not really the first goal, and it needs the money to travel.
I suppose the third goal is to enjoy the day, I really do not have any goals after that, what is the point.
Travel is the goal, I have no Travel goals, I travel because I like to travel, and I discover new things about the world and myself. I can look at many curious and strange things. How can I have a goal, I never know what I will look at today, so hard to plan to see a place where I do not know what I will see. I get a temptation and I go look at the temptation.
POLITICALLY CORRECT This is one of the nuance terms, really is not a very good term, more of another label to label when we really do not know how to define what we are talking about clearly.
I would say though when someone tells you not to think what you are thinking, they are trying to get you to be politically correct. To say what everyone wants to hear, not what you are thinking.
It is fun to annoy people that wish to hear a predictable story, the world is great, life is perfect, and the life of a traveler is perfect.
Life is good, the perfection is that it is not perfect, when anyone tries to tell me how to think, or what I should not think about, and then I start to avoid him or her. I like them to moralize and explain, however not to enforce.
What brought up the “Politically Correct” term?
I defined what I wanted in a travel companion, this is making judgments and categories of what is better than others. This is not what people like to hear, they want you to say you are open to everything. Quite the opposite I am extremely selective in who I would allow to come travel with me, nothing could be worst than to be with the wrong person. Nothing can destroy a marriage or relationship faster than to go travel together. This is the proof in the pudding.